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“Consider carefully whether he truly seeks God, and is zealous for the work of God,  for obedience, and for humiliations. Let him be told all the difficulties and trials  whereby one goes to God.”  (Rule of St. Benedict: Ch. 58)
Why, in the twenty-first century—an age of opportunity—would a man become a monk? Could it be that some young men are dissatisfied with worldly values? Are you? Open your heart to prayer. If God’s invitation is there, the monastic life as a priest or brother will be attractive; it will resonate with your generous spirit, and you’ll want to join this community. VISIT A first step to discerning the monastic vocation is coming for a visit to Assumption Abbey. In joining the monastic community in prayer, meals, work, and recreation, the inquirer will be better able to discern whether God is calling him to the monastic life at Assumption Abbey. Some men are able to discern God’s call after a visit or two, while others may come to understand God’s call to the monastic life only after many visits over a longer period of time. CANDIDACY If after the stay in the community he feels the draw of a vocation, the next step is to become a candidate. Though a man in this stage of formation is not yet an actual member of the community, he lives in the monastic cloister, participates in prayer, the entire monastic schedule, takes varied classes, and meets regularly with the formation director. This period is normally six months. Candidates for admission must be between 19 and 45 years old, healthy and vibrant, and prepared to undertake a life of stability, obedience and conversion of life. The ability to live with others is essential. One is expected to come with a willingness to learn, and to model one’s life according to St. Benedict’s rule and the monastic tradition. NOVITIATE The novitiate lasts for a year and a day. This stage of formation builds upon candidacy, in that the novice continues to follow the monastic schedule of prayer, work, community, classes and regular meetings with the formation director. This is a critical stage of discerning the man’s calling to give himself fully to Christ in the monastic life here at Assumption Abbey. The monastic tunic is given as a sign of being a novice. TRIENNIAL VOWS The next stage of commitment is a vowed period of three years termed triennial or temporary vows. The monk is given the scapular and hood as a sign of one’s deepening monastic commitment, as well as a new name, signifying one’s new life in Christ. It is during these years that the monk along with the community begins to discern his specific role(s), and what shape his monastic life will take, according to the will of God and the needs of the community. For example, whether the monk is called to the Sacrament of Holy Orders. SOLEMN VOWS Solemn vows marks the beginning of a lifelong committed journey in Christ as a monk of Assumption Abbey. The cuculla, a pleated choir robe, is given as a sign of this commitment. A solemnly professed monk now takes part in all aspects of the monastic life, including voting on important issues, such as admitting new members to the monastery, or major financial decisions. Although this is the end of a man’s official formation at Assumption Abbey, the life of a monk is defined by his ongoing formation, being ever deepened and molded through obedience to God, stability, and coversatio into the image of Jesus Christ our Savior.
Sustain me oh Lord, as You have promised,  And I shall live; Put me not to shame in my Hope.  Psalm 119:116
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Why, in the twenty-first century—an age of opportunity—would a man become a monk? Could it be that some young men are dissatisfied with worldly values? Are you? Open your heart to prayer. If God’s invitation is there, the monastic life as a priest or brother will be attractive; it will resonate with your generous spirit, and you’ll want to join this community. VISIT A first step to discerning the monastic vocation is coming for a visit to Assumption Abbey. In joining the monastic community in prayer, meals, work, and recreation, the inquirer will be better able to discern whether God is calling him to the monastic life at Assumption Abbey. Some men are able to discern God’s call after a visit or two, while others may come to understand God’s call to the monastic life only after many visits over a longer period of time. CANDIDACY If after the stay in the community he feels the draw of a vocation, the next step is to become a candidate. Though a man in this stage of formation is not yet an actual member of the community, he lives in the monastic cloister, participates in prayer, the entire monastic schedule, takes varied classes, and meets regularly with the formation director. This period is normally six months. Candidates for admission must be between 19 and 45 years old, healthy and vibrant, and prepared to undertake a life of stability, obedience and conversion of life. The ability to live with others is essential. One is expected to come with a willingness to learn, and to model one’s life according to St. Benedict’s rule and the monastic tradition. NOVITIATE The novitiate lasts for a year and a day. This stage of formation builds upon candidacy, in that the novice continues to follow the monastic schedule of prayer, work, community, classes and regular meetings with the formation director. This is a critical stage of discerning the man’s calling to give himself fully to Christ in the monastic life here at Assumption Abbey. The monastic tunic is given as a sign of being a novice. TRIENNIAL VOWS The next stage of commitment is a vowed period of three years termed triennial or temporary vows. The monk is given the scapular and hood as a sign of one’s deepening monastic commitment, as well as a new name, signifying one’s new life in Christ. It is during these years that the monk along with the community begins to discern his specific role(s), and what shape his monastic life will take, according to the will of God and the needs of the community. For example, whether the monk is called to the Sacrament of Holy Orders. SOLEMN VOWS Solemn vows marks the beginning of a lifelong committed journey in Christ as a monk of Assumption Abbey. The cuculla, a pleated choir robe, is given as a sign of this commitment. A solemnly professed monk now takes part in all aspects of the monastic life, including voting on important issues, such as admitting new members to the monastery, or major financial decisions. Although this is the end of a man’s official formation at Assumption Abbey, the life of a monk is defined by his ongoing formation, being ever deepened and molded through obedience to God, stability, and coversatio into the image of Jesus Christ our Savior.
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“Consider carefully whether he truly seeks God, and is zealous for the work of God,  for obedience, and for humiliations. Let him be told all the difficulties and trials  whereby one goes to God.”  (Rule of St. Benedict: Ch. 58)
Sustain me oh Lord, as You have promised,  And I shall live; Put me not to shame in my Hope.  Psalm 119:116
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